Developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), the modules are a five-part series on Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for infants born with and identified as affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), or their affected family or caregiver. The series is intended to guide state, tribal, and local collaborative partners in improving their systems and services for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families. The policy and practice strategies included in these modules are derived from NCSACW’s years of practice-based experience providing technical assistance to states, tribes, and communities. This series provides states and communities with considerations for implementing POSC to support the safety and well-being of families in their jurisdictions. These modules include the following:
- Module 1: Preparing for Plan of Safe Care Implementation
- Module 2: Collaborative Partnerships for Plans of Safe Care
- Module 3: Determining Who Needs a Plan of Safe Care
- Module 4: Implementing and Monitoring Plans of Safe Care
- Module 5: Overseeing State Plans of Safe Care Systems and Reporting Data
Module 1 Description
Module 1 explores the steps states can take to understand existing statutes and structures as they strategize how to effectively address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families and implement Plans of Safe Care.
Module 2 Description
Module 2 explores the steps states can take to build, grow, and sustain collaborative teams critical to a comprehensive approach to address the health and treatment needs of infants and their affected family or caregiver, and implement Plans of Safe Care.
Module 3 Description
Module 3 explores the steps states can take to explain the phrase “affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure or FASD” as they roll out a statewide Plan of Safe Care.
Module 4 Description
Module 4 explores state decision points when implementing Plans of Safe Care, and how collaborative teams can translate policy decisions into practice through implementation and case monitoring.
Module 5 Description
Module 5 explores how to develop and monitor policies and procedures related to Plans of Safe Care and strategies to enhance the ability of states to report data to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.